Civil War is coming and with it a renewed purpose for [Captain America 3](movie:994409). Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rodgers emerged as a civil liberty champion of freedom but Captain America also drew a line in the sand. When he stopped Robert Redford and the modern day incarnation of Hydra, he was also the loudest voice in the dissolution of SHIELD, even convincing Director Fury to resign. Marvel's ambitious cinematic plans appear more impressive and well thought out by the day. The first round of this Civil War has not been fired, but marching orders are set and the tipping point is already on the horizon.
Most fans can't wait to tell you Marvel's Civil War began shortly after a confrontation between The New Warriors and a group of super-villains including Nitro, but that's only part of it. Five enormously significant events took place including the infamous showdown in Stamford, Connecticut. The first event is already part of The X-Men's cinematic cannon. The Mutant Registration Act is a hallmark of The X-Men universe that never seemed to garner enough support to become law. Unfortunately it was destined to become The Superhuman Registration Act. With new threatening implications to all super humans including a dimensional prison, the act quickly divided the super human community. The new and improved act has yet to be mentioned in the MCU, but so does the next event.
Nick Fury may save humanity from certain destruction from week to week, but even the former Director of SHIELD is going to get asked some tough questions before the war starts. Prior to the beginning of Marvel's Civil War, Marvel's Secret War saw Fury carry out an unauthorized war in the Fictional country of Latveria (Home of Doctor Doom). After picking a team of mutants including Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, Fury led the team to stop the illegal arming of B rate villains with high tech weapons and armor. Once the War was over no one but Fury had any recollection of what happened. In the end the agency had covered up one of Hulk’s rampages, which held a death toll of 26 adults, 2 children, and a dog. While we don't have any confirmation on a Secret War movie it isn't hard for this to be retooled into a more MCU friendly plot point, and can even be worked into a new Hulk film. Every success at SHIELD seems to be meet with a catastrophic follow up, and after the nightmare Hydra created the agencies reputation barely seems better than the NFL. With Agent Coulson heading up the ragtag team, I won't be surprised to see Director Maria Hill take charge soon. Hill is known for her time leading SHIELD during Marvel's Civil War, in which the agency saw its role expanded to enforce The Superhuman Registration Act.
If you were facing a public relations nightmare you'd probably wish Ironman was your BFF, and in order to stop The Superhuman Registration Act that's exactly where Tony starts. This is key to the story as early on Tony Stark decides to fight The Superhuman Registration Act, going so far as to hire the Villain Boris Bullski AKA Titanium Man to Attack him prior to testifying to the Commission on Superhuman Activities. The fake attack intended to be a poignant exclamation to Stark's testimony, Tony proceeded to testify the attack highlighted the necessity for super humans who worked to protect society. The Anti-Registration camp seemed to be gaining traction until the fourth event changed everything.
While held up in Stamford, Nitro, Cobalt Man, Coldheart, and Speedfreak were confronted by The New Warriors. Filming the second season of their reality TV show The New Warriors felt they might be unable to handle the situation. When Namorita tried to stop Nitro he used his explosive powers to destroy several city blocks and The New Warriors. Among the death toll were the three villains accompanying Nitro, over 600 civilians, 60 school children among them.The communal uproar fast tracked The Superhuman Registration Act, and found many heroes reevaluating their stance on the issue with some deciding ultimately that this was the best chance for a normal life. Event number five reduced the super human population by over 90% leaving less than 200 to fight The Superhuman Registration Act, but this time I don't think that many will make it. November 2nd, at 3:00 PM in the afternoon 91.4% of the mutant population lost all powers. It was appropriately called "Decimation", and is popularly known as M-Day "The date and time of Mutantkind's Decimation". The idea of Marvel creating a "House of M" movie series and the ensuing "Decimation" seems farfetched at this time. Lucky for Marvel Studios someone else is planning a major extinction event in the MCU. Thanos has been collecting the Infinity Gems for several MCU movies now, and with its completion fast approaching no life in the universe is safe. During The Infinity Gauntlet Thanos in his quest for ultimate cosmic domination tries to seduce Death by destroying half of all life in the universe. Only 198 super humans remained after M-Day, conservatively putting Thanos on track for an even greater genocide than originally expected. With whispers of Super Hero Movie fatigue begging to gain traction Marvel seems convinced it can raise the stakes enough to keep fans happy and in seats, and that means some heroes won't survive this fight.
Marvel's Civil War storyline is widely regarded as a fan favorite, in spite of major release issues and accusations writers heavily favored characters on one side of the conflict. The MCU's take will be one of the few opportunities the studio will have reshape and genuinely improve upon its source material. Do you think Marvel Studios can handle Civil War? Follow me for more info on your favorite comic book characters, or if you're an Amazon Prime member check out Friday Night Prime here on MoviePilot!